I have just finished reading your super excellent editorial comment, "Our Views, Election Year Wish List: Campaigns of substance with honest, genuine candidates; would that be too much to ask?" in the Sunday paper. I have cut the article out and intend to copy it and mail a copy to each candidate as the election year progresses. If any one of them follows your advice, I will most likely vote for him or her.
Here we go again. The Democrats want more unemployment benefits for those who are out of work (more money for votes). Democrats are scared because this year they may be voted out. They say they want to look out for those folks who are out of work.
This is intended to challenge Cokie and Steve Roberts' message of Dec. 28, which continued their ongoing apparent defense and promotion of homosexuality, and included several questionable observations.
Many years ago, a grand and glorious structure arose from imagination and hard work. One afternoon on the beach and a lot of sand equaled one exceptional sand castle. The next morning, nature asserted that she had other plans. The environment plus time reduced this magnificent structure to only a shadow of its former glory. The principles of nature had proved themselves again.
Regarding Brandon Givens' article on dysfunctional government, here's my wish list:
On behalf of the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County, I would like to thank our 2013 Charity Ball Belles, the sponsoring clubs and all who donated and made this year so successful.
In response to the article in which the closed East Hall Library might be turned into a health clinic: Please don't! Our little library should never have been closed in the first place.
God bless the judge who decided the National Security Agency case. With all the pressure to change, surely President Barack Obama is beginning to realize the damage he is doing to America through these surveillance methods.
In a time where all we hear is how awful the health industry has become - and, just that, an industry - my family would like to acknowledge the nurses and staff at our very own Northeast Georgia Medical Center, especially the third floor cardiac unit.
Age is just a number. When we are kids we use fractions to define our age: 3 , 9 , 15 . Age is merely a state of mind in those lucky enough to still have their minds.
A topic in all aspects of the media: Do we respect the office of the president?
Readers of The Times should appreciate your carrying Tom Crawford's columns, especially now that Crawford has focused on the travesty of the Atlanta Braves moving to Cobb County. As Crawford observes, this brazen looting of the public treasury by the Cobb County commissioners on behalf of Liberty Media is simply breathtaking. These guys will scream all day against socialism, unless the socialism is for their rich friends.
The National and Southeastern Corrugated Steel Pipe Associations are responding to the Oct. 12 Times article explaining code changes in Hall County for culverts and stormwater pipes that excludes all types of metal pipe from "live streams" (perennial) and "under county roads."
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to congratulate Northeastern Judicial Circuit Juvenile Court Judge Mary R. Carden on her upcoming retirement next month and thank her for her 16 years of judicial service and nearly four decades as an active member of the State Bar.
A quote from our "constitutional scholar in chief" at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event on Nov. 24: "The biggest barrier and impediment we have right now is a Congress, and in particular a House of Representatives, that is not focused on getting the job done for the American people."
I would like to comment on some issues discussed in a letter written by Gene Cobb of Gainesville in Saturday's Times: Communities that have tried using "dual use" firefighters and police officers usually return to the traditional model of delivering emergency services after a short period of time. It just doesn't work.
I am writing to oppose the request by a political party that candidates pledge not to raise taxes. While everyone would like to avoid raising taxes, we cannot predict a necessity to do so. For example, we cannot forecast the financial support the state legislature will provide for education. In fact, for a number of years in the past, that support was decreased, forcing some school systems to raise local taxes.
Trepidation would be a good word to describe my feeling following the reading of "Lake dwellers should brace for higher property values" in The Times (Sunday). Perhaps I overreacted to what I perceived was a slight adversarial tone in the article presented by the author and chief appraiser or just my recent elevated lack of trust in government.
I have a question. One day between 8:30 and 9, with a normal rush morning for people to get to work, Longstreet Bridge on Cleveland Highway was blocked both ways, north and south, by a stalled car in the south lane. Not a wreck, a stalled car. Sitting behind it was a state patrol car equipped with a large bumper that I assume could be used for pushing other cars.
As a progressive Democrat, I'm sick of President Barack Obama. I'm not talking about the promise of what he might have been, but the reality of what he actually is. Five years of observation and disappointment have led me to conclude we were fooled or suckered into electing a man who has proven to be the second coming of G.W. Bush.
There has been some discussion of late on the editorial page concerning the origins of life. We either created ourselves or we have a Creator. The difference of view boils down to presuppositions.
I would like to remind the people of one of the problems of the past ordeal of the ice and snow, one that goes unnoticed. In fact, one of several that goes unnoticed: The great amounts of salt and sand put out over so great an area so quickly once a snowstorm hits an area.
The continuing fiasco of daylight saving time use is long past justification. Economic cost due to associated problems, confusion, schedule disruption, etc., exceed any savings.
If evolution were a proven fact, why is it not still happening? Why are monkeys not turning into men? I know a lot of men that are turning into monkeys.
I was quite surprised that the letter from George Kaulbach on Feb. 20 was printed by The Times. He very selectively picked out information which supposedly supports his beliefs. It is obvious that his "research" has been limited primarily or wholly to the output of creationists, several of whom he cites.
I saw in the Feb. 20 paper that Jody Woodall was looking at names for the Central Hall Multiuse Trail from local officials. I can't wait for this trail to be built out to a usable length, which for me, would be about 7 miles.
Whether you or I agree or not, people have a right to their beliefs, unless you oppose the left. The current issue is with the bill in Arizona that Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed.
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